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54 Days at Sea — Touring Holland America’s smallest ship, MS Prinsendam

Showroom at Sea

In my first article on this 54-day voyage, I posted images of our suite aboard Holland America’s smallest ship, the “Elegant Explorer” officially named MS Prinsendam. Since, after Gustavia, St. Barts, we were now transatlantic, this week I’ll take you on a tour of our home for the better part of two months. The venue pictured above and directly below is the Showroom at Sea theater for our live entertainment.

Showroom at Sea

MS Prinsendam began life in 1988 as the Royal Viking Sun, then the Seabourn Sun, and finally, in 2002, she was transferred to Holland America. By today’s standards, MS Prinsendam is downright miniscule by even Holland America standards. She measures only 669 feet/204meters in length, and weighs in at a very svelte 37,983 gross tonnage. She’ll house about 830 passengers, and is manned by 440 crew.

Dance floor and bar

As is typical with Holland America ships, at least in my experience, the library is extensive and eclectic. Once you’ve selected your book, you can take it to the Oak Room for some piece and quiet.

Oak Room for reading

The Explorations Café aboard MS Prinsendam actually serves two functions. In addition to the main library, it also houses the Internet Café :

Internet Café — library books are seen in the lighted shelving around the room

I’ve never had a bad meal in the main dining room of any Holland America ship. Here is MS Prinsendam’s La Fontaine Dining Room:

La Fontaine Dining Room

Ursula in La Fontaine Dining Room

Other public areas include the Explorer’s Lounge and the ever-present Casino:

Explorer’s Lounge



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Fun Photo Friday — 54 Days at Sea, March 27

Hangin’ 10 x 19

Today’s Fun Photo Friday are some of my favorite images taken during the Bucket Regatta in St Barthélemy. Here is Ursula quickly posing between yacht views:

Ursula posing on deck

Pilots take pictures of airplanes. Railroad engineers take pictures of locomotives. And Staff Captains take pictures of boats, yachts, and ships:

Staff Captain Enjoying the Yachts from the Flying Bridge

Me? I take photos of anything:

Lean to Starboard

Plowing Ahead

Purple Sails

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54 Days at Sea — The Bucket Regatta continues

St Barthélemy Bucket Regatta

As you’ll recall, we were aboard MS Prinsendam anchored off the port of Gustavia, capital of St Barthélemy.

Gustavia, St Barthélemy

And, as luck would have it, we arrived here for the annual Bucket Regatta. Here come the yachts now, rounding the back side of the island:

St Barthélemy Bucket Regatta rounding the back side of the island

Here the yachts approach us during their race for the bucket:

St Barthélemy Bucket Regatta

Yachts passed along both sides of our ship, so I was able to get both port and starboard images of different yachts:

St Barthélemy Bucket Regatta

St Barthélemy Bucket Regatta

St Barthélemy Bucket Regatta

But some of the best images were of the yachts sailing away from us:

St Barthélemy Bucket Regatta

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